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Delhi Urdu Academy’s annual function for giving awards to Urdu litterateurs was held in the auditorium of Delhi government’s secretariat on 27 August when Awards for the year 2015 were given. In this function(late) MALIKZADA MANZOOR AHMAD was honoured with All India Bahadur Shah Zafar Award posthumously in recognition of his overall or collective services to Urdu literature. This Award was accepted by late Malikzada Manzoor Ahmad’s son and poet Malikzada Javed.Prof. ABDUL HAQ, renowned litterateur, critic and an authority on Dr. Allama Iqbal and former President of Delhi University’s Department of Urdu was honoured with Pundit Brij Mohan Datatriya Kaifi Award. Both these Awards carry a cash prize of Rs. 1.50 lakh, shawl, memento and a certificate each. Narendra Kumar Sharma, secretary of Delhi government’s Department of Languages who chaired this function, distributed the prizes and read out the letter of Kpil Mishra, who was to be the chief guest of this function, but could not attend because of his illness. In addition to late Malikzada Manzoor and Prof. Abdul Haq, Dr. Khalid Alvi, teacher in Dr. Zakir Husain Delhi College, Urdu man of letters and critic was honoured with Award for research and criticism, Dr. G. R. SAYYAD, noted novelist and fiction writer was honoured with Award for creative prose;Dr. TABISH MEHDI, noted poet was honoured with Award for poetry, QASIM SAYYAD, editor Urdu daily Roznama Khabrain was honoured with Award for Urdu journalism; Dr. ATHAR FAROOQI, general secretary of Anjuman Taraqqi-e Urdu Hind was honoured with Award for translations and ASLAM SABRI, noted Qawwal was honoured with Award for the Best qawwal. All these Awards carry a cash prize of Rs. 50 thousand, shawl, memento and a certificate each.
Dr. AFSANA KHATOON, noted Urdu fiction writer and educationist was honoured with ‘Bharat Jyoti Award in Delhi by former governor Bhishm Narain Singh in recognition of her social, academic and literary services. In addition to literary activities her contribution in promotion of education particularly womne’s education and in giving new direction to women’s literature and movements in bringing women in the national stream was equally great and cannot be forgotten.
Padma Shri MUHAMMAD SHAHID famous hockey player who died last month (August) was honoured posthumously with ‘Lakshman’ Award along with many other ‘Lakshman’ and ‘Rani Lakshmibai’ award winners at a function held in Lucknow on 29 August.
Dr. ISKANDAR IQBAL, Faculty member of Jamia Millia Islamia’s Department of Biology has won Indian National Science Academy’s prestigious ‘Medal for Young Scientist’ under which a cash prize of Rs. 25 thousand and Bronze Medal will be given to him. Dr. Iqbal has also been honoured with an Award by Texas University (USA) where he was working a few years ago.
Five girls: YUSRA JAVED, SUMAIYYA and BISMA (all students of Zeenat Mahal School, Old Delhi), IRAM SABA, student of SKV Chashma Building School (Balimaran) and AAFREEN SHAKEEL of SKV, Noor Nagar School (Okhla) who secured cent per cent marks in Urdu were honoured with a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 each at a function held in India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi on 15 August and sponsored by Anjuman Fikr-e Raf’at Sarosh and Counseling        & Guidance Centre. Speaking on this occasion, Dr. (Mrs.) Shabana Nazeer, daughter of (late) Raf’at Sarosh, noted Urdu poet, said that previously the amount of this Award was Rs. 5,000 but now this amount has been increased to Rs. 10 thousand.
Prof. YUNUS JAFFERY, a student and teacher of Persian of Dr. Zakir Husain College, translator and author of many books died in Delhi on 29 August at the age of about 85 years. A noted Persian scholar who visited Iran many times, was recognised in Iran as goodwill ambassador. He translated the Ramayan into Persian and also wrote stories in Urdu and Hindi. William Dalrymple, the noted author and historian whom Yunus Jaffery had taught Persian, devoted a full chapter on him (Yunus Jaffery) in all his novel City of Djinns (or jins). He remained unmarried throughout his life and spent last many years after retirement in a dormitory in Anglo Arabic Hr. Sec. School, Delhi’s historical and oldest school.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2016 on page no. 12

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